BENEFIT FROM SELF-DISCIPLINE
Is self-discipline difficult and demanding?
However, instead of focusing on its demands, think about its benefits. When you begin to understand the power, liberty, joy and victory that self-discipline brings, you’ll want to have it.
A disciplined mind makes the difference between a happy life and a miserable one; between a life of self-defeating habits and a life of freedom in God.
Discipline is your friend, something to be embraced daily. It’s a tool given by God to help you reach your goals.
One reason why disciplining your mind is so important is that the condition of your mind can change so quickly. One day you can be calm, peaceful, sure of yourself, and confident in God. Yet the next day you can hardly recognize yourself; you’re anxious, angry, negative, and full of doubt.
Because your thinking affects your emotions.
Here’s something else you need to know: just as the airwaves around you are filled with signals that can be picked up by any radio or TV, there are spiritual forces around you that seek to mold your mind and influence your thinking.
So ask God to help you, and refuse to allow your mind to think about whatever it pleases.
Begin to control your thoughts and keep your mind on the right things. Breaking old habits and forming new ones takes time, so keep practising. Developing self-discipline isn’t easy, but it’s worth it in the end. When you win the battle for your mind you’ll be much more decisive, confident and focused. You’ll also be a more effective and successful person.
‘God’s Spirit makes us…self-controlled…’ Galatians 5:22-23 CEV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Galatians 5:1, 16, 24-25; 6:7-10
For freedom Christ has set you free; stand firm therefore, & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, & you will not gratify the desires of the flesh!
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions & desires! If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit!
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows that will he also reap!
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up!
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do well to everyone, especially to the household of faith!
Walk by the Spirit today & you will live amazed!